Ron Mitchell in Chicago

Alumnus Ron Mitchell will be singing with Bella Voce at the Harris Theater in April.

Bella Voce performs classic a cappella repertoire, early music of the Americas, and contemporary music from all over the world. In 2004 Bella Voce received the prestigious Alice Parker ASCAP Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming. The Harris Theater is in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago.

Alumna Sarah Carrier at 2014 National Flute Association convention

Alumna Sarah Carrier’s proposal for the 2014 National Flute Association convention was accepted, and as a result, her group Parhelion Trio will perform two works: Glassworks by Sunny Knable  and Techno-Parade by Guillame Connesson.

Sarah writes, “We are very thrilled to be a part of this year’s theme: Perform, Inspire, and Educate.  This theme is especially meaningful to me because of the impact of my two major teachers, John Barcellona and Robert Dick (who is this year’s recipient of the NFA Lifetime Achievement Award).”

John Barcellona to Perform Japanese Noh style of theater

Inside CSULB noted a special performance as part of the series of events celebrating the University Art Museum’s spring show, “Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi.” Japanese actress and academic Ryoko Aoki will collaborate with John Barcellona to perform three scores in the Japanese Noh style of theater at the Daniel Recital Hall on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2:00p.

Aoki received a Ph.D from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies. She is known for her contemporary adaptations of Noh, the 600-year-old genre of Japanese theater often identified as a strictly male art form.

Liam Teague at Caribbean Holiday Celebration

Liam Teague, steel pan virtuoso, was a special guest artist at the Caribbean Holiday Celebration. Hailed as the “Paganini of the Steelpan,” Mr. Teague was featured soloist with the steel drum orchestra. His commitment to demonstrating the great musical possibilities of the steelpan has taken him to Europe, Asia, and Australia, as well as North and Central America and the Caribbean.

Christopher Johnstone as Magaldi in Evita at Segerstrom

Alumnus Christopher Johnstone is starring as Magaldi in Evita at Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa December 10-22, 2013.

Chris has received several excellent reviews already on this nation-wide tour. “…floridly embodying the quintessential lounge lizard” (Chicago Theater Beat), “As the smarmy lounge singer out of his league with the sexual leap-frogging Eva, Christopher Johnstone is silly-fun personified. He almost makes you feel sorry for the lothario.” (Theater Mania) “And Christopher Johnstone finds the essence of Magaldi, the singer who is the first in a string of affairs Eva uses to get ahead; even though Johnstone has a gorgeous voice, we buy him at portraying a mediocre talent.” (Stage and Cinema)

The Choruses Rang Out with Fabulous Splendor

Mark Swed, music critic for the Los Angeles Times, wrote a triumphant review of Britten’s War Requiem performance at Disney Hall on Monday, November 23. “The choruses rang out with fabulous splendor,” he wrote of the combined forces from USC, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Fullerton, Chapman University Singers, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, and the 
New Zealand Youth Choir.

Swed added that the had wished President Obama, who was in Los Angeles during the performance, had heard the “exalted young performers offering hope for the future of idealism and even, some distant day, peace.”

Photo credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times / November 26, 2013,0,594755.photogallery#ixzz2ltSanQgD


“Stunning” Performance of War Requiem at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Robert D. Thomas, music critic of the Pasadena Star-News/San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Whittier Daily News wrote a magnificent review of the Britten War Requiem performance.

“The choral forces delivered a beautiful tone and were amazingly precise throughout the 84 minutes, but particularly in the extended fugal writing in the “Dies Irae” sections.” and “Two bells — C and F-sharp — continue to toll as they have throughout the piece and the chorus finally dies away in a mysterious vapor. The capacity audience sat spellbound, silent for 20 seconds, before erupting in wave after wave of standing ovations for the performers.”